How to Pack for a Four-Day Carnival Cruise to Cozumel

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Packing for a cruise can be challenging. You want to be sure you have everything you need, but you do not want to over pack. With all the new luggage restrictions and charges, efficiency is the key. This is especially true for a four-day cruise. Essentially, it is like a long weekend, but there are many issues to take into consideration. Carnival offers several four-day cruises to Cozumel, Mexico.

Things You'll Need

  • Suitcase
  • Carry on
  • Lists
  • Learn about the dress code. On most Carnival cruises, people spend most of their time in swimsuits and cover-ups on the days at sea. If you choose to eat in the dining room, you may need dressier outfits to meet the dining room dress code. If you want to eat on the lido deck, you can dress casually. Four-day Carnival cruises typically include one "elegant" night where you are asked to dress up a for dinner. You need comfortable but appropriate outfits for your time in port, too.

  • Determine what to wear in port. If you are doing a tour of the Mayan Ruins or spending a day shopping, you'll need cool, comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes. The Puerta Maya Pier isn't far from the docking pier, but if you take a taxi to downtown San Miguel, you should be prepared for quite a bit of walking. The weather is likely to be warm, but in some seasons you may need to bring a light jacket or a small umbrella, just in case.

  • Downsize. For a four-day cruise you really should not need to bring more than a medium-size suitcase and a carry on. To minimize your luggage, take separates that mix and match. This is especially true for dressy outfits to wear to the dining room. Nice black slacks or a simple black skirt can be paired with different tops. Remember: even if you do "run out of clothes" you can always do laundry on board.

  • Make lists: one for all the things you want in your suit case, one for your carry on and one of things you still need to buy. This makes life easier. Make the first two lists, and then determine what you still need.

  • Pack a swimsuit, toothbrush, change of underwear and all your travel documents in your carry on. When you arrive at the cruise terminal, a porter (who will expect a $1 per bag tip) takes your luggage. You will not see your suitcase again until it has been screened and delivered to your room. Also remember that you may not get your luggage before dinner the first night, so you should travel in appropriate clothes or pack something nice in your carry on.

  • Pack smart. Save room and prevent wrinkles by rolling your clothes. Resealable plastic bags are your friends. Put anything that might leak, seep, or spill into them. You can use the bags for wet swim suits on the return trip. Use travel sizes as much as possible. They are of course smaller, but you can also throw them away at the end of the cruise and have more room in your suitcase for things you bought in port and on the ship.

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